FLAMING GORGE: Ice is deteriorating quickly on north end. Open south of Confluence into Utah but beware of sheets of ice floating in open water. Be extremely careful accessing any ice. All ramps other than Firehole are open.
Lake trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success is slow but some small and large fish are being caught. Patience is key when fishing for lake trout. Lake trout are at all depths due to cold temps. Try locating active fish (15 to 60 feet) trolling or casting lures or jigging baits. If you don't find them there, try along main channel depths in 60 to 120 feet of water. Good lures to try are jigging spoons such as Northland Buckshots or Crippled Herrings, jigging raps and 3.5 inch tube jigs in a quarter to three-eighth-ounce weight and tipped with sucker or chub meat. Try larger tubes for larger fish. Watch your sonar as many of the more active fish can actually be suspended in the water column but most will hug the bottom. If trolling lures on downriggers, watch for concentrations and individual fish on your fish finder and if located, vertically jig for them. Small lake trout less than 25 inches have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting lake trout less than 25 inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.
Kokanee salmon: Reports of fish being caught. Look for concentrated schools that move around in open water from 40 to 100-feet deep and in the backs of bays. Try jigging spoons tipped with gulp or power bait if you can stay on top of them. Trolling open water with planer boards or downriggers may also work if you find schools.
Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Rainbow trout at depths from surface to 50 feet, can be found just about anywhere with current cold water temps.
Smallmouth bass: No recent reports. Fish have moved deep and are tough to catch in winter. Crayfish are the main forage for bass in this water.
Burbot: No recent angling reports as ice conditions deteriorate. Boat and shore anglers can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 30-feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig or deadstick the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Please remember all burbot caught must be killed.
Buckboard Marina is once again hosting the Pupulation Control Contest for lake trout. Anglers will be able to participate in this contest now through mid-June 2021 for only $20 per angler. Registered participants will be entered for prizes and immediate cash rewards for catching a tagged lake trout. One hundred lake trout under 25 inches were tagged in Wyoming with a bright green external tag and these fish are worth $100. Additionally, there are more than 80 lake trout with orange external tags remaining from last years contest that are worth $50. The goal of the contest is to make anglers aware of the abundance of small lake trout (less than 25 inches) in Flaming Gorge Reservoir and encourage harvest of these fish. Only those registered will qualify for cash and prizes. You can find more information about the contest including rules at Buckboardmarina.net.